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secretary boomer: coming back into open session. if we can come back to the service standards, with consent, we will ask for this. secretary boomer: item 15. >> members of the board, some of this money is federal funds, nearly $1 billion. we are required to demonstrate that all funding sources are
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identified and committed before we can request and receive an agreement from the federal transit administration. there also two transportation funding sources. this includes weihl bonds -- high-speed rail bonds, and infrastructure bonds to close the gap. the prop 1b funding includes an allocation. it also includes to wonder $25.50 million from the -- it also includes $225.50 million. it also includes millions for a state transportation improvement program allocated through the san francisco county
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transportation authority to the project. the state funds will be available to the project when they are included in the state budget and when the state moves forward with issuing debt. therefore, the actual timing of the receipt of the state funds is uncertain, but we're working very closely with all of our partners, including senator leno, to make sure these funds are available when they are needed. if for some reason they are not available at a certain time, the mta is coming up with a risk mitigation plan. some of these possible strategies include benefiting from the cost savings realized from managing the project's cost, benefiting from savings of contractors, bids consistently coming in lower than we had projected. also, assessing the contingencies of the project when allowed to buy the regent
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-- when allowed to by the fta. the funding plan you will see to they may change over time as certain funding sources may be replaced or swapped with the ones based on reliability and the timing of receipt of funds. already, we are in conversations with the san francisco county transportation authority and we note mtc -- and the mtc. we will focus on the project's financial details, it is important to recall that the benefits that this project has -- clearly, we will be extending one line downtown into chinatown, and it will create hundreds of jobs that are sorely needed. it will also direct and improve the direct connection in that corridor. it will relieve service
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congestion in the corridor, and it will also create improvements to pedestrian in st. safety. mr. chairman, that concludes my remarks by have -- that concludes my remarks. i have sonali bose, if you would like. secretary boomer: [reading roll] chair nolan: good afternoon. >> i have served for at least the past 10 years, and i have seen too many ins and outs. it is a pleasure to see it -- point where it is that because of becoming a reality. i want to encourage you to look
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at this to fully fund the project. i have not always gotten everything i wanted, but i got some things, and i have found in life that if you do not settle for some things, you may not be very happy, so, anyway, it is just a note and encouragement to you, and thinking for your service to the city and our collective welfare. -- i thank you for your service to the city and our collective welfare. chair nolan: thank you. >> i would like to say that san francisco has the hardware to be
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the most complete transit system in the nation. i work with save muni. we want to encourage you to use the funding that we are talking about now, the central subway funding. it should be spent on other than the and grants system. muni is crumbling with deferred maintenance and infrastructure. this will take over $1 billion and will have stops, and only one stop in chinatown, and one at the other end. because of that, all of the plans shows -- it will further
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decrease public transport in the marina, the wharf, north beach, and miles of chinatown. the elimination of some stops at the embarcadero, montgomery, powell, and other bart metro station will decrease service. this is concerning their money being allotted. plus, i would say that this includes cost overruns during this project, which is an extremely high risk for the san francisco financial future. thank you for your attention. chair nolan: thank you.
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secretary boomer: and this is mr. kaufman, the last person to turn in a speaker card. chair nolan: good afternoon, mr. kaufman. >> i am going to throw out a few numbers at you. these are all from the mta records. we did not dream them up. i want to talk about just two of the many reasons that many oppose the central project. in fact, what is opposed is gross, quite significant, day- by-day. ridership. back three years ago, when this product was being sold to some rather gullible elected officials, figures were being tilted of 90,000 people per day. as you know, that is nowhere close to being correct. i might say just in passing, that puts it up in a legitimate field with, let's say, some of
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the new york subways, which may be 800 riders per day, 900,000 riders per day. someday, maybe this will carry that many. those are two car trains. by the time the final eir k9 and address 76,000 riders per day, -- by the time the final eir came out and addressed the 76,000 riders per day, that was at the time of the eir. however, that turned out to be wrong, too. now, it is shown as 65,000 riders per day, including date -- including vainest regentthe -- including the t line. it is much less than that.
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i would love to talk about the operating costs, but i guess we do not have the time. [bell] secretary boomer: wilma, followed by homer. >> [speaking foreign language]
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my name is wilma, and i would like to say something about the central subway. i am a 70-year-old senior. most of my brothers and sisters, already my brother is confined in a hospital where some nursing home. i am fortunate that i can walk, but the chinese community needs to know that the subway runs only to powell and market street. i am sorry. the n line or the l line. i have to get off and walk about 1,000 feet and then take the subway to chinatown, which
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is another street, and then i have to walk up to go for my shopping, with bags of grocery shopping. then i have to walk to clay street. [bell] i am bilingual, so i need some time. chair nolan: when it is spoken in one language, as the translation, does that extend the time? we have laws that we have to respect. >> i entitled to extra time. >> director, there is an allocation -- obligation when a subject does not speak english, but you do and have an obligation when english is spoken. chair nolan: so why do you not
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finished up in about 15 seconds? >> i would rather take the bus and forget about the subway. you're talking about $1.50 billion just to build a very short distance. most of us would abandon the subway and then take the bus. thank you. chair nolan: thank you. next speaker, please. secretary boomer: howard wong, and he is our last speaker. chair nolan: good afternoon, mr. wong. >> the central subway's state and local funding would go along way in saving and fixing the muni system which is crumbling before our very eyes. the rail, the train derailments that the balboa maintenance facility in station, the central
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computer system breakdowns, trains that have gone off track, it breaks have failed. we know that from your own reports that the $2 billion of deferred infrastructure over many years are catching up. infrastructure problems are happening now come in the years in between this and the projected opening of the central subatomic if it is built. when it is built, what do we have? we have a system that does not solve the transit problems of that 1.7-mile stretch. we have in the eir projections about a decrease in service availability, something in the range of 76,000 miles per year carry it -- per year.
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there has been no consistency in projections of what the central subway will offer, but looking at the tracks themselves, looking at the physical layout of the system, many, many organizations in the city, i think there are now over 50 organizations, can see that there is no benefit to the right the ship -- to the ridership as a whole. [bell] secretary boomer: joan, and that is the last speaker for whom i have a speaker card at the moment. chair nolan: good afternoon. >> yes, good afternoon. i live in north beach. i am a this -- native san franciscan, and i have been in north beach for many years.
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every single day, we are reading about how the deficit is -- you have deferred maintenance, infrastructure needs, and it was thought that might later in ties further growth this shows the
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thinking that has gone into this. there is a wonderful farmers market in chinatown. that will never be the same again. during the construction, what do you think is going to happen to all of those small businesses? they will be lost. chair nolan: ok. any other speaker cards? seeing none. would you like to make a motion? the vice chair lee? vice chair lee: we had hundreds of members come to speak on its behalf, and it was like a real
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grassroots effort in terms of getting support for this project, and we approved this project. it would be a real shame and a slap in the face to the community. chair nolan: is that a motion to approve? vice chair lee: i move it. chair nolan: ok. director: is this a situation where we can direct this, or is this a situation where this money is really locked in for this use or not to use at all? >> the millions of dollars that i quoted earlier, that is federal funding specifically for new projects.
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that is state and local funding. the vast majority, the lion's share of the funding, federal dollars. chair nolan: members of the board? >> i have the same concerns. it is difficult to look at it this way. it contributes a lot to the jobs and the economy. i do want to at some point address the concern, the elderly chinatown residents who do not use the subway, i want to make sure that we have an option for them that still continues to
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work, and i know there is a lot that we can do to speed it up through the union square area and threw the chinatown area. i do not want you to abandon those seniors, to force them to taking the subway -- and through the chinatown area. something we can do to make that bus move faster, so this is a tough one, but this is in addition to the subway and make it across market street. we would miss our time line in terms of submitting the application.
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thereby throwing the project generally off about one year. it would also raise a whole lot of issues from the federal level, in terms of community support for the project, and i do not know what the ultimate ramifications are, but there would be some serious ramifications by postponing. chair nolan: director? director: going back to vice chair lee's comments, we did hear from the community. i think going back to look at the records that i have received, there is sufficient documentation for the subway, and ado concur with director brinkman that we have an alternative, but i think we should move forward with the
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initiative, seeing that we have heard most of the community support. chair nolan: think you, director bridges -- thank you. it seems to me that this is a worthwhile project. in addition, we have heard from hundreds from the community on this. we have a motion and a second. director: the transportation authority is anticipated to approve on february 22, and will be reaffirming their commitment to the $88 million in state transportation improvement funds, so i want to make sure that you are aware of that. -- has the support of the transportation authority. -- this plan has the support of the transportation authority. chair nolan: ok, thank you. secretary boomer: we are going
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back to item 14. >> we're going to recall a person. you are going to use that mike over there. secretary boomer: you just have to start talking. >> i am with analysis and reporting in the technology division. today, i will be presenting the highlights for the fiscal year 2011 service standards, so we're talking about july through september 2010. and, as always, we begin with on-time performance. on-time performance dropped slightly in the first quarter, to 70%. -- 17%.
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the five lines with the greatest room for improvement included the 91 owl and some express. on-time performance increased 72.7%. i just want to put some of these numbers into context. we're talking about some of our busiest corridors, the mission corridor being one of them. this month, we're talking about several in 14. we're talking about a 74.7 on time percentage, and the geary, 71.9% on-time performance. a number of these were sent in september. this is something to keep in mind.


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